Knots and Bolts Archive

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    Burdock: A Food That Will Really Grab You

    by Benjamin Lord | Winter 2015
    Burdock (Arctium lappa) fits the anti-foraging stereotype: – big, bitter leaves, tough and weedy, with an ugly, gnarled root. “And you want to eat that?”…

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    Forestry in Iceland?

    by Kerstin Lange | Winter 2015
    People don’t generally associate Iceland with trees, much less forests. In fact, a casual visitor might dispute the notion that there are any trees or…

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    The Foothold Trap

    by Northern Woodlands | Winter 2015
    Don Wharton’s piece on Adirondack mountain men got us wondering about the history of the foothold trap in America. So we looked into things and…

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    A Family Forest Takes Shape

    by Steven Eustis | Winter 2015
    We’ve owned our forest in Starksboro, Vermont, since 2005, and have added to it over the years by purchasing adjacent properties; the entire parcel now…

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    Eye Protection

    by Mary Holland | Autumn 2015
    You and I have two opaque eyelids, one above the eye and one beneath. When we blink, they meet in the middle. Some birds, amphibians,…

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    Managing Ecological Change in a Nonprofit Working Woodland

    by Hans M. Carlson | Autumn 2015
    Great Mountain Forest (GMF) occupies slightly more than 6,000 acres at the southern end of the Berkshires, in northwest Connecticut. The forest was under private…

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    Cattail Rhizome: Flour from the Marsh

    by Benjamin Lord | Autumn 2015
    It is not an exaggeration to call the cattail (Typha spp.) the supermarket of the marsh. Food can be procured from cattails during any season…

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    Sumac-ade

    by Benjamin Lord | Summer 2015
    I’m not the type to crave foods, wild or otherwise, but on the hottest days of summer when the cicadas are whirring, I do get…

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    Stewardship Out in the Open at Hidden Valley

    by Joe Rankin | Summer 2015
    Tracy Moskovitz and Bambi Jones just can’t seem to stop buying land. It started innocently enough in 1978, “when Bambi went down to the Post…

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    Fox Versus Raccoon

    by Mary Holland | Summer 2015
    While observing the antics of a litter of red fox kits, I witnessed an encounter between the kits’ mother and a very large raccoon. The…

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    On the Mosquito Trapline

    by Sophia Veltrop | Summer 2015
    I’m out hunting an unlikely target: mosquitoes. At each stop along the road, I pull on a bug net and gaiters, wrestle a cylindrical vacuum…

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    Community Forestry in Guatemala

    by Benjamin D. Hodgdon | Summer 2015
    The view from atop the great Mayan pyramids of Tikal, in Guatemala’s Petén region, reveals something that is increasingly difficult to find in the tropics…

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    Building Local

    by Rebecca DiGirolomo | Spring 2015
    It was early, even for the birds, when photographer Bill Byrne and I arrived at Jim Conkey’s sawmill in New Salem, Massachusetts. C & M…

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    Stinging Nettles: A Favorite Spring Green

    by Benjamin Lord | Spring 2015
    There’s no mistaking the stinging nettle. Sure, its paired, heart-shaped, coarsely-toothed leaves are easy to spot. But it’s the painful burning sensation one gets from…

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    The Cold Can Only Do So Much

    by Mark Whitmore | Winter 2014
    According to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, last winter was among the top five coldest on record in Ithaca, New York, when…

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    Wild Parsnips: A Lesson in Safe Harvesting

    by Benjamin Lord | Winter 2014
    Yes, foraging can be risky. But most people approach wild foods with unnecessary caution. Foragers are often the subject of anxious looks even when nibbling…

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    How Solid is a Cord of Wood?

    by Brian Lanius | Autumn 2014
    Most of us have been trained to picture a cord of wood as a neatly stacked pile measuring 4x4x8 feet. But how much of that…

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    The Pride of Participation

    by Jim DeLellis | Autumn 2014
    As I make the drive from my suburban home to my country property – a 75-acre woodlot in the northern part of Allegany County, New…

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    The Cox Sawchain

    by Northern Woodlands | Autumn 2014
    Watch old footage of a lumberjack using a crosscut saw (colloquially called a misery whip) – or better yet, pick one up at a farm…

  • Black Walnut: Harvest and Fellowship thumbnail

    Black Walnut: Harvest and Fellowship

    by Benjamin Lord | Autumn 2014
    Standing in a supermarket amidst frozen dinners, bakery items, and cereals, it’s easy to forget the work involved in preparing food. While it is wonderful…